List of protected areas of Belgium
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There are numerous protected areas in Belgium with a wide variety of types, protection levels and sizes. The below list gives an overview of the most important protected areas.
There is currently only two national parks in Belgium, De Zoom–Kalmthoutse Heide from 2001 and the Hoge Kempen National Park opening in 2006.[dubious ] Only about half of De Zoom–Kalmthoutse Heide is in Belgium, the other half is part of the Netherlands.
|Photo||Name||Founded in||Area (km²)|
|De Zoom–Kalmthoutse Heide||2001||37.5 (c. half in The Netherlands)|
|Hoge Kempen National Park||2006||57.5|
There are many natural parks in Belgium, including 9 in Wallonia (called Parcs Naturels).
|Photo||Name||Founded in||Area (km²)||Comments|
|Hohes Venn – Eifel Nature Park||1978||720||This natural park is a transboundary park between Belgium and Germany.|
|Burdinale-Mehaigne Nature Park||1991||110|
|Two Ourthes Nature Park||2001||760|
|Upper Sure Anlier Forest Nature Park||2001||720|
|Attert Valley Nature Park||1994||70|
|Viroin-Hermeton Nature Park||1998||120|
|Scheldt Plains Nature Park||1996||260|
|Hill Country Nature Park||1997||233|
|Gaume Natural Park||2014||581|
|High Country Nature Park||2002||157||11.5% (1,840 ha) is Natura 2000|
There are many tiny nature reserves, including:
- Zwin 1.58 km² (1.25 km² on Belgian territory)
- "Ignace Schops - Goldman Prize". Retrieved 2009-01-22.
After years of campaigning, Ignace Schops has led the effort to establish Belgium's first and only national park.
- These figures are from the park's website, but doesn't add up. Either 11.5 % is wrong or 1,840 ha is wrong.
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